For the first time in the United States, the Entain Foundation US will provide a seed grant to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, for a groundbreaking betting and gaming research initiative that will combine scientific research with operational expertise to apply best practise in responsible gambling, policy, and health.
UNLV vice president for economic development and executive director of the International Gaming Institute, Bo Bernhard, said: “For the first time in this field, this initiative brings vital academic research in the U.S. to the public domain in dozens of applied settings.
“We are actively moving beyond the traditional ‘research center,’ since this project will translate scientific research into actionable, operational programs that can be implemented in real venues by operators, regulators, legislators, clinicians, and other stakeholders.”
The foundation is a non-profit organisation supported by Entain, a worldwide sports betting, gaming, and interactive entertainment company that owns BetMGM and MGM Resorts International in the United States.
Martin Lycka, Entain Senior Vice President for American Regulatory Affairs and Responsible Gambling and trustee of the Entain Foundation US, described this project as the next natural step, saying: “We continue to support research around the world, but this initiative goes well beyond that and brings into focus what has been missing from this space – practical implementation of the research that will benefit the customer base and the industry itself.”